FARNBOROUGH Town chairman Vic Searle claims he is "very excited" about the prospect of young striker Ali Chaaban, who ignored the attentions of several interested clubs to sign for Boro on Thursday.

Searle believes fiery hitman Chaaban can help propel Boro to the higher reaches of the Conference table and has the potential to be a big name for the future.

Chaaban became the first lower status player to join the ranks at Boro this season and becomes the latest member of boss Tommy Taylor's exciting regime which includes the signings of Nick Burton, Barrington Belgrave and Jay Lovett.

British-born Chaaban netted 24 goals for Ryman division one (south) side Leatherhead last season and arrives on a recommendation from Tanners boss Alex Inglethorpe — a good friend of Searle's and former player under Taylor at Leyton Orient.

The previous season saw Chabaan net 25 goals for Dorking and in March this year he trained with the Lebanese Olympic squad.

Searle said: "I'm very pleased with this signing. Ali had a lot of clubs looking at him, at least two firm offers and has attracted interest from the Football League.

"I'm obviously delighted that he has committed himself to Farnborough Town and I think he will be a key signing for us.

"I've met Ali a couple of times and he is a fiery young man who is not short of confidence on his own ability. He's also very enthusiastic about his game and is really looking forward to the challenge of bettering himself in the Conference."

Top on the list of priorities now for Taylor is a centre half and Taylor is currently in talks with a couple of candidates this week.

l Boro have arranged a pre-season friendly on Monday July 28 against Ryman Leaguers Lewes, ko 7.45pm.

l Old and prospective members of the re-vitalised Vice Presidents Club are being invited to a meeting in the Alexander Francis Suite of the club tomorrow night (Wednesday) at 8pm. All are welcome.